I revisited some of my bird photographs recently and re-edited this one in Lightroom 4, which worked well for the Tagged E challenge this week.
After recently receiving an Audubon award for a different image of this same bird, I realized that the Great Egret is, in fact, the symbol of the National Audubon Society. Now that I’ve photographed these impressive birds multiple times, including during their breeding season last spring, I can understand why this species was selected.
The National Audubon Society was first established to protect birds from feather hunters, and I imagine the incredible plumage Great Egrets display during courtship must have been “the feather in the cap” for high fashion of the early 1900s.
I’m glad that the work of dedicated conservationists and organizations such as Audubon has allowed me to have the opportunity to enjoy such interactions and consider them “commonplace.” But, in reality, I’d choose the opposite word to describe my afternoon spent with this great bird.